WHO: H5N1 strikes two more Indonesians

first_imgFeb 5, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) today confirmed that a 29-year-old Indonesian woman recently died of H5N1 avian influenza and that another Indonesian, a 38-year-old woman, is hospitalized with the disease.The 29-year-old woman was from Tangerang, the same western suburb of Jakarta where several of Indonesia’s most recent H5N1 case-patients lived. She fell ill on Jan 22, was hospitalized 6 days later, and died on Feb 2, according to a WHO statement. She is listed as the country’s 125th case-patient and its 103rd fatality.The WHO said an investigation into the source of her illness was under way. Lili Sulistyowati, a spokeswoman from Indonesia’s health ministry, said the woman’s neighbors raised chickens, but it’s not known if the birds were infected with the H5N1 virus, according to a report yesterday from Xinhua, China’s state news agency.The WHO also announced that the 38-year-old woman, who is from West Jakarta, is in critical condition. She became ill Jan 24 and was hospitalized 2 days later. She is now confirmed as Indonesia’s 126th H5N1 case-patient, according to the WHO.The source of the woman’s illness is also still under investigation, the WHO said. Sulistyowati told Xinhua that a week ago the woman visited her parents, who live next to a family that raises ducks.Indonesia has been hit hardest of any country by the H5N1 virus. The WHO’s global H5N1 count stands at 359 cases and 226 deaths.See also:Feb 5 WHO statementlast_img read more

New ‘Betting and Gaming Council’ to launch this autumn

first_img Related Articles HBLB gives £3.2m boost to UK racing August 13, 2020 Submit Share Share HBLB ups prize-money contribution to offset inevitable cuts May 15, 2020 StumbleUpon Seeking to act as a unified voice for all UK gambling stakeholders, new industry trade body the ‘Betting and Gaming Council’ will launch this autumn.The new body will replace the functions and duties of the Remote Gambling Association (RGA) and the Association of British Bookmakers (ABB), which will be wound-up when the council secures its full operations.Announcing its upcoming launch, the council has opened its membership to sector incumbents detailing that it aims to represent 90% of UK licensed betting firms excluding lotteries.Former GambleAware trustee, Brigid Simmonds OBE will as the first chair of the Betting and Gaming Council, having, this morning confirmed her departure as Chief Executive of the British Beer & Pub Association (2009-2019).An expert in regulatory and public affairs, Simmonds has formerly served on the governance boards of the ‘Sport England Lottery Panel’ and ‘Sport England’, and has further chaired UK tourism association – ‘Tourism Alliance’.Commenting on her appointment, Simmonds said: “The gambling industry is a hugely significant contributor to the leisure industry and to the economy.“There are, however, critical issues facing the sector and that is why I will ensure that creating a safe gambling environment is the top priority. I will be listening to all stakeholders to ensure that the Betting and Gaming Council is leading the industry in identifying effective measures to protect customers,”The Betting and Gaming Council is formed at a critical time for the UK gambling incumbents, as sector policy and regulatory stakeholders review directives attached to social responsibility, consumer standards, advertising and customer engagement standards.Commenting on the foundation of the Betting and Gaming Council, ABB Chairman Paul Darling said: “I welcome the creation of the Betting and Gaming Council which will enable the sharing of best practice across the industry and significantly increase the capability for innovation on new safer gambling measures.” HBLB ups prize money commitment by 50% July 31, 2020last_img read more

Protest in response to Northern Gateway proposal

first_imgFirst Nations women at Hartley Bay, on the central coast are planning a symbolic blockade of tankers that would use Douglas Channel.They will stretch a crocheted “chain of hope” more than 3.5 kilometers across the mouth of the bay on Friday to show opposition to the tankers and to oil spills in coastal waters.Grand Chief Stewart Philip who heads up the B.C. Union of Indian Chiefs says high profile supporters of the project, who have added their support to an advertisement promoting the pipeline, are ignoring those who will suffer “when” not “if” something goes wrong.- Advertisement -“You don’t see those same interest investing in social issues or social programs with respect to pipeline ruptures or tanker spills along the coast that would absolutely obliterate and represent a catastrophic damage to businesses in mainstream tourism and commercial fishing,” Philips said.   Meantime, the Dogwood Initiative, a B.C. non-profit organization is working on a provincial referendum, hoping it will lead to something similar to the 2011 vote that led to the demise of B.C.’s 12 per cent Harmonized Sales Tax.Tomorrow is the deadline for the Harper government to approve or reject the proposed 731 mile twin pipeline, about 55 per cent of it projected to run through B.C.Advertisement In this area the route, as currently proposed, would be south of Grande Prairie and Tumbler Ridge, with cross-border connection points at Fox Creek and Bear Lake.last_img read more